Renee and I have been discussing wine and spirits a lot lately and we’ve been brushing up on our knowledge by reading several books on the subject. One of the books I read was Uncorked, The Novice’s Guide to Wineby Paul Kreider.
This book is a very quick read and in just 34 short chapters, it’s packed with all the basics of understanding, drinking and storing of wines. Each chapter covers just one aspect of wine, with most chapters being only 2 or 3 pages. This book offers a no nonsense approach to wine knowledge and gets right to the point with a very useful and informative narrative. Along the way, the author interjects his personal experiences of almost 40 years of wine making and wine drinking.
Kreider covers everything about the wine making process and even provides a quick “French Lesson” on pronunciation. He talks about how to buy, how to taste and how to store wine. He even explains how a wine gets “corked” and the proper etiquette for spitting in public.
I have found in the past that many books about wine talk down to the novice wine drinker, yet in Uncorked, the author has a very informal writing style, much like I imagine the way he speaks. He keeps it very simple and fun, as wine should be. There is no pretentiousness here.
This book can be easily read in one sitting and afterwards, though you still won’t be a wine expert, you will at least have a greater understanding of the language of wine and will be able to describe what wine it is that you like.
About Paul Kreider
Paul Kreider, author of 49 Things You Should Have Learned by the Time You Turn Fifty, first made wine back in 1974 and has made ever since. From his garage, he established his own winery, Ross Valley Winery, a small, quality conscious operation that served the community of San Anselmo in Marion County until 2010. Currently, Kreider is a consultant in the new wine frontier in Northwestern Washington and has spent hundreds of hours educating both groups and individuals.
Disclosure: We received a copy to review and were not otherwise compensated for this post.